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Want Better Thinkers? Teach Kids Engineering Along with the Three Rs

Publication Date: 9/23/2009
Author: Debra K. Rubin
Format: HTML

Teaching engineering in K-12 grades would not only boost interest in the profession and in technical careers in general, but would also improve all students’ problem-solving, systems-thinking and teamwork skills, says the National Academy of Engineering in a Sept. 8 report. Even so, very few U.S. schools now include the discipline or have enough trained faculty to teach it. Says NAE: “Engineering might be called the missing letter in STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] education.”

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